ALAMOSA — CHSAA has released this week’s coaches’ polls. This year the polls will play a larger part in the postseason, accounting for 25 percent of the seeding criteria for classes 1A-5A. Alamosa earned a spot while Centauri and Sanford maintained top-ten status in their respective polls. Points from the polls are given on a scale of 1-10. A ranking of first place by a coach would earn a team ten points, second 9 points and so on.
8. Alamosa- 75
The Moose (2-0) had a big weekend. Friday night Alamosa not only upset the defending state champion La Junta Tigers (1-1) winning 22-6, they shut-out the Tiger offense and effectively ended a 14-game winning streak. Colorado High School Activities Association’s (CHSAA) 2A Coaches Polls showed the impression that Alamosa made on the respondents.
The Moose made their debut in the top ten of the polls at a bittersweet No. 8 spot with 75 points. Sweet because the recognition is likely not overlooked, but bitter because the Moose entered the rankings behind La Junta. The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) shows Alamosa in the No. 10 spot while La Junta occupies the No. 17 spot.
Alamosa can continue to improve their standings in 2A football this Friday, Sept. 20th when they host 3A Mitchell (0-2) for homecoming weekend. Festivities at AHS Stadium will begin at 4:30 p.m. including face-painting, an obstacle course and other free activities courtesy of the Alamosa Alumni Association. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
7. Centauri – 78
The Centauri Falcons (1-1) dropped two spots in the polls from last week. After defeating Paonia for homecoming in week one, last Friday saw the Falcons playing the familiar Pagosa Springs Pirates (1-2). The Falcons battled 2A Pagosa in a game that came down to the wire and wound up being separated by one possession at 28-20.
The win gives Pagosa their first of the season. CHSAA coaches’ poll respondents bumped the Falcons from the No. 5 spot last week to the No. 7 spot this week. Centauri holds the No. 20 spot in the RPI rankings. The Falcons can get back on track this week when they visit the Olathe Pirates (1-2). Olathe just earned their first win of the season this past weekend knocking off Center 27-0. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20th.
8. Sanford -35
Sanford turned some heads in their first week of action with a 44-6 rout of McClave (0-3). The big win was enough to get Sanford in the top ten of the polls placing tenth with 16 points. This past week Sanford added to that reputation by running over Swink (1-2) at home 52-6. The two blowout wins currently have poll respondents ranking Sanford eighth with 35 points. By RPI Sanford currently holds the No. 13 spot.
Sanford will be looking to make it a 3 game streak this Saturday the 21st when they head up north for a league meeting with Sangre de Cristo (1-1). The T-Birds picked up their first win of the season and their first in the last 16 games defeating Las Animas 42-26. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.